Last week, the New Mexico Space Grant Consortium (NMSGC) at New Mexico State University (NMSU) awarded 26 fellowships and scholarships to students across New Mexico totaling $210,000. Eleven students from the University of New Mexico received the fellowships and scholarships.

New Mexico Space Grant Consortium is a member of the congressionally funded National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program, which is administered by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

NMSGC Fellowships and Scholarships are competitively awarded based on application information, faculty recommendation, GPA, the research project and its alignment to NASA.

UNM students Receiving Fellowships and Scholarships include:

• Heather Buelow, Woodstock, Ill.
Buelow, a Ph.D. student, was awarded $10,000 for her research titled "Life on Mars? Lessons from an Earth analogue: a multifaceted study providing a first look at winter soil bacterial activity in the Dry Valleys, Antarctica using tritiated leucine, stable isoptope probing, 16S rRNA gene sequencing, and metatranscriptomics."

• Aleksandra Faust, Albuquerque
Faust, a Ph.D. student, was awarded $10,000 for her research titled "Machine Learning Methodologies for Agent-based Tasks."

• Sebastian Gomez, Albuquerque
Gomez, a graduate student, was awarded $10,000 for his research titled "Experimental and Computational Aerodynamic Analysis of an Insect Wing."

• Suzanne Gordon, Winchester, Va.
Gordon, a graduate student, was awarded $10,000 for her research titled "Igneous formation of the Martian crust: constraints from remote sensing, in situ, and Martian meteorite measurements."

• Daniel Herrera, Questa, NM
Herrera, a senior, was awarded $5,000 for his research titled "GaSb-based Thermo-Photovoltaics."

• Bridget McEwen, Ingleside, Ill.
McEwen, a Ph.D. student, was awarded $10,000 for her research titled "Characterizing the Sites of Hadronic Cosmic Ray Acceleration."

• Robert Mesler, Woodbridge, Va.
Mesler, a Ph.D. student, was awarded $5,000 for his research titled "Gamma-Ray Bursts at High Redshift."

• Nicole Saavedra, Albuquerque
Saavedra, a senior, was awarded $5,000 for her research titled "Particle-In-Cell Modeling of a Helicon Small Spacecraft Thruster Experiment."

• Allison Santos, West Brookfield, Mass.
Santos, a Ph.D. student, was awarded $10,000 for her research titled "A Geochemical Investigation of Martian Meteorite NWA 7034."

• Jon Vigil, Chowchilla, Calif.
Vigil, a junior, was awarded $5,000 for his research titled "Shock Induced Gas Mixing."

• Joshua Williams, Albuquerque
Williams, a senior, was awarded $5,000 for his research titled "MSL ChemCam Affiliate."